Read as part of CBR11 bingo: First in the Hap and Leonard series. Joe R. Lansdale is one of those writers I’ve always been meaning to get to but never had the time for. His bibliography, while prolific, is not as readily available at the used bookstores I enjoy perusing, nor are many of them at my local library (I had to buy this copy from The Mysterious Bookshop). And when I did try one of his popular ones, The Bottoms, I found it to be too much of a Harper Lee knockoff to finish. But, as said above, when I […]
Absence – 4/5 Stars I started reading this one for a few different reasons. One, Peter Handke is often in the conversation for the Nobel Prize. In these conversations the general thread is that his work should be considered along the lines of a combination of his novels and fiction and also his screenwriting. I am not sure how I feel about that and I also feel like there’s a kind of gray area in terms of how many different forms/ how much of a writer’s career is to be considered. Bob Dylan, for example, was cited for his “song […]
Episode 1-14: Do The Right Thing Wherein I review: 46. Jackrabbit Smile (Hap and Leonard #13) by Joe R. Lansdale 47. A Second Chance (St. Mary’s Chronciles #3) by Jodi Taylor 48. The 17th Suspect (Women’s Murder Club #17) by James Patterson I ruminate on the good guys and how racism works when it’s about racism. The time travel, she getting worse, but I’m holding on for the writing and characters. And how Patterson and Pietro are clearly just done with the Women’s Murder Club and have written their equivalent of Stephen King’s Lamp Monster.
Two or three years ago, while we were on vacation in The Berkshires, we spent a day at the Norman Rockwell museum. It was great. We learned a ton about Rockwell and his life and walked around the gorgeous property where he painted. As an added bonus, there was a special exhibit on display, featuring all (or at least a lot) of Edward Hopper’s Cape Cod paintings. This was particularly eye-opening, as I really didn’t know much about Hopper other than that he painted Nighthawks. So, when I saw badkittyuno’s review of this collection of stories based on some of Hopper’s works, […]
I’ve been reading and rereading Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhodenbarr series for years (like, probably close to 20 years — they were on the shelf above Lillian Jackson Braun’s books at my library and I picked them up at some point in middle school when I’d exhausted The Cat Who…) but I’ve never really read anything else by him — although he’s published quite a bit. I saw his name on this story collection, along with some other favorites (Stephen King, Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, and Craig Ferguson, of all people) so I thought I’d give it a shot. It’s pretty well-done, and […]
Rogues was my second George R.R. Martin/Gardner Dozois themed anthology in less than six months, and I’m happy to say I enjoyed it more overall than their previous effort, Dangerous Women. (I will pick up Warriors eventually. Maybe next year. I’m soooo done with anthologies for now.) And I’m sad to say, especially for how good Martin is at writing lady characters, I really think the main difference is that a lot of genre writers (including women!) just could not fathom how to write a complex “dangerous women.” For every story that was intriguing and had great characters, there was […]
This was pretty good for an anthology, but I really prefer longer stories, as it really takes a talented author to make me care for characters in such a short period of time, or to have a plot immediately interesting enough to trump my interest in the characters. Short stories also tend more towards the self-important and annoying. Anyway, this was worth it just for the Martin and Sanderson stories alone, and there were several others I really enjoyed as well including ones from Robin Hobb (as Megan Lindholm) and Jim Butcher, making it worth it for having to enjoy […]